Oklahoma City Thunder (3-4) at New York Knicks (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks meet Friday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 47 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19 points and 4.6 rebounds while Luguentz Dort is averaging 13.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. Darius Bazley is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.
The New York Knicks look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 23.1 points and 7.4 assists while Alec Burks is averaging 20.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. RJ Barrett is the third double-digit scorer and Elfrid Payton is dishing five assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are 37-17 ATS in their last 54 games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Thunder last 10 overall. The under is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 overall. The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
We've been backing the New York Knicks pretty much all season and continue to cash tickets behind one of the better defensive teams in the league. I don't like the Knicks the same way in the favorite role as when they're underdogs, but we're not laying a bunch here. The Oklahoma City Thunder can't find consistent offense outside of Gilgeous-Alexander, and they're at the bottom of every major offensive stat so far this season. Oddsmakers were going to start adjusting to the Knicks and here we are. Still, I'll lay the bucket.